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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.26.11

Katie Couric Leaves Evening News; Reader's Digest CEO Is Out

April 26, 2011
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Katie Couric finally announces what we've known for months: She's leaving CBS Evening News. The anchor departs after five years. Scott Pelley might take her spot, a decision that is expected to be revealed the first week of May after Couric returns from anchoring coverage of the royal wedding... The Talk names Susan Winston executive producer. She replaces Brad Bessey, who leaves the show after just one season... Glenn Beck says he is going off on his own. Is this his Jerry Maguire moment?... Harris Faulkner will anchor Fox News' weekend edition of Fox Report...

Mary Berner is out at Reader's Digest after a massive board of directors reshuffle. The CEO was originally expected to keep her position, but Tom Williams will replace her at the top of the company's masthead. Under her tenure, RDA filed for bankruptcy. Williams served as the numbers guy for the past two years and previously worked at Affinion Group and AT&T Networks. Elsewhere at the company, Every Day with Rachael Ray needs a new publisher after Anne Balaban left a month ago along with associate publisher of marketing Vanessa Goldberg-Drossman and Bethany Gale, advertising director...

After three decades, New York puzzle-maker Maura B. Jacobson retires. Cathy Allis takes over the gig from the much-loved woman... Melanie Sill walks away from her job as editor and SVP of The Sacramento Bee. Joyce Terhaar, managing editor of content, takes her place... The Huffington Post continues to raid Bill Keller's NYT. The latest hire: energy reporter Tom Zeller, who leaves because he wants to be part of a 2.0 newsroom...

Penske Media Corp says goodbye to's chief film critic Elvis Mitchell. The former New York Times scribe has an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry, but there was an issue with a review of Source Code that bothered movie director Duncan Jones. Less than a month after the review appeared, Mitchell is out. It's not the first issue he's had... Wael Ghonim leaves Google to start a tech NGO in Egypt. He had been the company's top marketing executive in the Middle East... And there are changes at J-14, R/GA and more...

April 26, 2011: Michael Kinsley has been named columnist at Bloomberg View. He had been columnist at Politico. (FBDC)

April 26, 2011: Mark Wildman has been named vice president, group publisher at Bonnier's Parenting Group. He had been head of sales and marketing at Bonnier. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Greg Schumann has been named publisher at Southern Living. He had been vice president, group publisher at Bonnier's Parenting Group. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Jocelyn Zuckerman has been named articles editor at OnEarth. She had been deputy editor at Gourmet. (release)

April 26, 2011: Ann Marie Lipinski has been named curator at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. She is currently a senior lecturer and vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. (release)

April 26, 2011: Todd Woody has been named environment editor at Forbes. He had been an environmental journalist at Green Wombat. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Tom Zeller has been named senior reporter, energy and environment at The Huffington Post. He had been energy reporter at The New York Times. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Ron Corning has been named co-anchor at WFAA in Dallas. He had been anchor at News 12 in Long Island. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Jack Rohan Jr. has been named senior vice president, finance at Hearst. He had been vice president, group controller there. (FBNY)

April 26, 2011: Paul McNamara has been named California bureau chief at CNBC. He had been executive and supervising producer at TV Guide Network. (TVNewser)

April 26, 2011: Jennifer Geisser has been named SVP of communications at Bravo Media. She had been owner at Geisser Media. (PRNewser)

April 26, 2011: Michael Bassik has been named managing director and practice chair at Burson-Marsteller. He had been senior vice president at Global Strategy Group. (PRNewser)

April 25, 2011: Jim Radosevic has been named EVP, global creative director at Y&R New York. He had been managing director and managing creative director at VML New York. (mb)

April 25, 2011: Sarah Milestone has been named director of special events at American Ballet Theatre. She had been senior manager of special events at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (mb)

April 25, 2011: Mark Ailsworth has been named director of sales, Chicago at MaxPoint Interactive. He had been founder at ElevationPlus. (mb)

April 25, 2011: Eric Thorne has been named director of sales, New York at MaxPoint Interactive. He had been vice president of eastern digital sales at BET Networks. (mb)

April 25, 2011: Lynn Vitello has been named vice president of marketing at MaxPoint Interactive. She had been director of global marketing communications at Quintiles. (mb)

April 25, 2011: Chris Kozloski has been named vice president of sales at MaxPoint Interactive. He had been account director at AOL. (mb)

April 25, 2011: A.J. Hanley has been named executive editor at Shape. She had been deputy editor there. (mb)

April 23, 2011: Matt Marcus has been named executive creative director at R/GA. He had been worldwide e-business director at Gucci. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Ashley Spencer has been named features editor at J-14. She had been editorial assistant there. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Derrick Rivers has been named associate creative director at Publicis/Burrell. He had been senior creative manager at AT&T. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Joseph Perone has been named senior manager, corporate communications, New York at Delta Air Lines. He had been special writer at The Star-Ledger. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Jean-Claude Chaouloff has been named advertising sales director at e-Miles. He had been director, corporate sales, travel at Bonnier. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Cam Bunton has been named managing editor at He had been associate editor there. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Brett Petersel has been named audience manager at Mashable. He had been co-founder at (mb)

April 22, 2011: Victor Thompson has been named deputy creative director at Woman's Day. He had been deputy art director at People. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Isabel Abdai has been named art director at Woman's Day. She had been assistant art director at Martha Stewart Living. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Fernando Romero has been named managing director of national partnerships at Gilt City. He had been national sales director at (mb)

April 22, 2011: Erik Johnson has been named business development manager at Peer39. He had been channel development manager at PointRoll. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Ross Sandler has been named senior director, agency sales at Peer39. He had been director, enterprise sales at MediaMath. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Ronit Dvir-Bacalu has been named VP of finance at Peer39. She had been VP of finance at DoubleVerify. (mb)

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